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Eastern Europe — Czech government proposes labour market reforms

1 September 2010

The new coalition government in the Czech Republic, consisting of the Civic Democratic Party (ODS), TOP 09 and the Public Affairs party (VV), has agreed on the need to reform the Labour Code in force since January 2007, the European Industrial Relations Observatory (Eiro) reports. Proposed chang...


UK — Exposure to public sector impacts Parity results

1 September 2010

Revenue was down -16% to 52.6 million Pounds in H1 2010 at Parity Group Plc (PTY:LSE), the UK-focused IT recruitment (Resources) and consulting (Solutions) firm. Interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2010 published yesterday lunchtime reveal that a decline in public sector business re...


UK — Network Group returns to profit despite reduced revenue

1 September 2010

Revenue was down by -4.7% or -1.2 million Pounds from 26.4 million Pounds in H1 2009 to 25.1 million Pounds in H1 2010 at Network Group Holdings Plc (NGH:LSE), the specialist recruitment and business outsourcing group. Half year results for the six months ended 31 May 2010 published yesterday af...


UK — More employers struggle to manage risks around how they reward employees

1 September 2010

The proportion of HR professionals who believe that their organisation, or their client, is poorly prepared to manage the risks around how they reward their staff has grown in the past 12 months, according to a survey of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) members. 'Managing R...


Germany — New national minimum wages for care workers

1 September 2010

New national minimum wages for care workers have come into force in Germany in August 2010, the European Industrial Relations Observatory (Eiro) reports. The employees covered will be entitled to an hourly minimum wage of 8.50 Euro in Western Germany, including Berlin, and 7.50 Euro in Eastern Ge...


UK — Millions spent on coaching without a business purpose

1 September 2010

While multi-millions of pounds are spent on coaching across the UK, nearly one in seven organisations (15%) admit they have absolutely no measurements in place to assess the impact of their programmes. A new survey from Hays Senior Finance, working with expert coach/mentors LeaderShape, shows th...


Europe — Economic Sentiment Indicator on the up after July's surge

31 August 2010

The Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI), published by the European Commission, continued to improve in both the entire European Union (EU) and the Euro area in August 2010 after the surge in July, albeit at a slower pace. It rose to 102.7 (up by +0.6 of a point) in the EU and to 101.8 (up by +0.7...


Norway — Temporary employment up by + 5% y-o-y in Q2 2010

31 August 2010

The latest Staffing Barometer (Bemanningsbarometeret) published by the National Federation of Service Industries (NHO Service) reveals that the number of hours worked by temporary employees was up by +5% to 9,259,265 hours in Q2 2010 compared to Q2 2009. NHO Service's Head of Division, Even Hage...


Ireland — More than 12,000 job cuts planned for the public sector

31 August 2010

The government's plan to transform the public sector will see a total reduction of -12,430 jobs in under four years following the employment controls imposed by the Department of Finance, Irish daily The Post reports. According to documents obtained by The Post 5,740 job cuts are expected in the...


France — Public sector staffing levels predicted to stagnate in 2011

31 August 2010

Staffing group Randstad France has for the first time published its new 'Public Sector Human Resources (HR) Trends Barometer' compiled on the basis of interviews with 216 public sector HR professionals. 58% of interviewees believe that staffing levels in the public sector will stagnate in 2011 w...